March 18, 2014

InteRDom Launches “Networking Sessions for Organizations” Initiative

InteRDom Launches "Networking Sessions for Organizations" Initiative Santo Domingo, March 18, 2014
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On Wednesday, March 19th at 9:00 a.m. InteRDom will host its first ever “Networking Sessions for Organizations” at Café Filó of Juan Bosch Library.  The event features the participation of the program’s NGO partners, and keynote speaker Luis Miguel Acevedo, Country Director of ADRA Dominicana, will speak to the theme: “How to optimize the work of international students and integrate volunteers and local leaders to expand projects and make them sustainable”

The “Networking Sessions for Organizations” initiative aims to ​​create and strengthen relationships with organizations in the Dominican Republic, by bringing together representatives working in the same sector to discuss a topic of common interest with local or international experts.  It provides spaces for professional networking and growth, as well as to share short- and medium-term projects to assess opportunities for collaboration.

This event will be the first of a series of three per year, and will specifically target non-governmental and non-profit organizations.

In the summer of 2012, ADRA Dominicana partnered with InteRDom, the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Botanical Garden to launch a community gardening program, wherein international students from the City College University of New York joined with local leaders and volunteers from the communities of Bayona and Cielo to capacitate community members to start and maintain urban gardens to sustain their families.

During Wednesday’s event, Luis Miguel Acevedo will share his experience working on this project, as well as others that ADRA Dominican has conducted nationwide to start a dialogue amongst the organizations represented around how to optimize the contributions of international and local volunteers to their projects.

InteRDom, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), is the premier internship, research and academic study program in the Dominican Republic. It offers international students the opportunity to research important topics at the forefront of the United Nations agenda, obtain professional experience by interning with Dominican organizations and businesses related to their fields of study and/or earn academic credits by taking courses and seminars at a local university.